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How (Not) To Live In Suburbia (Annie Siddons)

By | Published on Tuesday 23 August 2016

How (Not) To Live in Suburbia Ed2016

There is a stigma attached to admitting to being lonely in today’s digitally connected world. Annie Siddons’s strikingly honest new show recounts what happened when the “walrus of loneliness” came to call, following a move to the suburbs with her daughters and the breakdown of her marriage. Siddons combines solo performance (plus a helper in a red wig playing her at points) with hilarious snippets of film, co-made with Richard deDomenici, dramatising her failed attempts to fit in in “Twickenham, home of rugby”. The show is packed with zany touches, such as representing her daughters with two olive trees, which make the difficult moments more bearable to watch. A relatable and surprisingly uplifting show about loneliness and living.

Summerhall, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Hannah Greenstreet]